The Magic Stew of Deliciousness

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Oh delicious beefy stew, tis such a shame you look like poo….

As a child and into my teens I had been a VERY picky eater, infuriating my mother to no end. I have since expanded my likes and shrunk my dislikes quite a bit since then, thanks to many friends and just general grownup-ness. Soups and stews are still on my iffy list. It’s usually a texture more than a flavor thing. I’ve always enjoyed a bowl of hot tomato soup (Campbell’s, Yum!) with a gooey grilled cheese sandwich.

Recently I found a beef stew recipe (due to “gentle” prodding from the husband) that we have absolutely fallen in love with. The default is from AllRecipes.com but I use the suggestions from the comments to make it even more gooder. (English are serious bidness) You can follow the link to get the original or continue reading and I’ll tell you how I do it!

Hardware
Hamilton Beach Stay Or Go 6 Quart Slow Cooker
OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer (Julian blade and thickest setting get you a sliced and diced onion lightyears before the tears.)
Farberware Soft Touch 12-Inch Nonstick Skillet

Beef Stew

Serves 6
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 10 hours
Total time 10 hours, 20 minutes
Allergy Wheat
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Website AllRecipes.com

Ingredients

Meat Coating

  • 1/3 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

Into Skillet

  • 2lb Beef Stew Meat (1 inch cubes. I buy them pre-packaged this way. Yay for lazy!)
  • 1-2 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion (Chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 cups Beef Broth
  • 1/2 cup Red Wine (Doesn't need to be anything fancy.)

Into Slow Cooker

  • 2 cloves Garlic (Minced)
  • 5-7 Red Potatoes (Quartered)
  • 1/2 bag Baby Carrots (Or as many as you feel like eating.)
  • 1 packet McCormick's Beef Stew Seasoning

Directions

Step 1
Put flour mixture into gallon-sized, zippered bag and inflate before sealing. Shake beef in bag to coat.

This is great in bread bowls, or just in a bowl with some bread. For a little extra flavor, try sprinkling some Parmesan cheese on top. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

3 Replies to “The Magic Stew of Deliciousness”

  1. AllRecipies is the shiz. It has a permanent spot on my browser toolbar. I will have to dry this some time, surprisingly I have also been getting gentle prodding for slow cooker beef stew. Totally going to just add like 1/4C dried onion flakes or maybe some onion powder instead of 1 onion chopped; that is pretty much in the top 5 of my most hated foods list.

  2. The flakes and powder would probably work fine. The actual onion seems to just disintegrate into flavor in the super long cooking anyways.

  3. Glad you are enjoying stews, sad you never did when I used to cook them! I guess it takes a growing-up to enjoy the finer things in life!

    Adding a handful of mushrooms to this recipe will change it up nicely and if by chance you have any left the next day, mix in a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup and serve over egg noodles for an easy beef Strogenoff. sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, Yum!

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